Episode 62: Cathy Gale Era
Page 62 of 192

 

  A.K.A.

 La Muerte De Un Ordenanza

 Alta finanza" ("The money market")

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger

DEATH OF A BATMAN

Steed is named in a will
Cathy goes into Big Business

Production completed: 14 August 1963
UK Premiere (London, Season 3): 26 October 1963
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 11 March 1991

When a former batman of Steed's dies and leaves his wife 180,000, eyebrows are raised. As the vultures begin to circle, evidence eventually points to a banker who is on a mission to bolster the country's high tech firms, and is buying stocks based on insider information to do it.

 IMHO

Terribly convoluted, plodding and uneven. Most disappointing was Andre Morrel, who was so memorable as Horatio Kane in "Death at Bargain Prices." A number of bloopers and technical problems plagued the production as well, including an apartment door that Cathy could not get to stay shut. Highlight of the episode, though, was Steed convincing Lady Cynthia that they had met at a party. Sadly, the best scene was cut short by a ham-handed technical director.

 Trivia

Exclusive: Writer Roger Marshall has penned an essay about his tenure on The Avengers.

 Best Scene

Reading aloud a newspaper account of Lady Cynthia, Cathy briefly imitates her with a simply marvelous gesture (see the second image).

 Best Line

Whilst creeping through a florist shop after hours, Steed encounters a miniature Venus statue (which is of course armless) and quietly quips, "That's what comes with biting your fingernails."

 Essential Reading

DEATH OF A BATMAN

Written by
Designed by
Directed by

Roger Marshall
Paul Bernard
Kim Mills

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Cathy Gale
Lord Teale
Van Doren
Lady Cynthia
John Wrightson
Gibbs
Edith Wrightson
Cooper

Patrick Macnee 007
Honor Blackman 007
Andre Morrell #
Philip Madoc #
Katy Greenwood
David Burke
Geoffrey Alexander
Kitty Attwood
Ray Browne #

# DOPPELGANGERS

Ray Browne

The Sell-Out
The Big Thinker
The Nutshell

Philip Madoc

The Decapod
Six Hands Across A Table
The Correct Way to Kill
My Wildest Dream

Andre Morrell

Death at Bargain Prices
 

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